The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Bryan Berard on Injured Reserve retroactive to December 17 and have recalled forward Steven Goertzen from the Syracuse Crunch, the team's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Berard is day-to-day with a lower back injury and is eligible to come off Injured Reserve on December 25.
Goertzen, 21, has appeared in 31 NHL and AHL games this season. In 23 games with Columbus, heâ€™s posted 24 penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal. He has also recorded 1-1-2 with 11 penalty minutes in eight games with Syracuse. He made his NHL debut on October 21 against the San Jose Sharks and logged 9:55. A seventh round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2002 Entry Draft, Goertzen made his professional debut in 2004-05, tallying 2-7-9 and 100 penalty minutes in 57 games with Syracuse.
Berard, 28, has recorded 6-13-19 in 32 games with five power-play goals and one game-winning goal in 32 games with the Blue Jackets. He leads the team in shots on goal (94), is tied for the team lead in assists and ranks second in points and average time on ice (22:46).
The Blue Jackets return to action on tonight when they host the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.